I couple years ago I began thinking about simplifying my life.
I looked around and had a 3,500 sq. ft. 5 bedroom 2 bath home, a SUV, a car, a motorcycle, two jet skis, a lawn, a garage full of so much stuff I could fit any of those things in it. I was able to squeeze the six bicycles I had into it though.
It all seemed silly for a single guy with a dog. Two of the rooms in my house had absolutely nothing in them.
One might think this was the leftover remnants of a failed marriage or a house that had once been full of roommates, but it was neither. It was the result of a lifetime of acquiring stuff – a systematic cycle of moving to bigger and bigger places to live then filling them with stuff.
I recognized this cycle had to stop.
August of 2010 I made a conscience decision to stop buying stuff. At least for a month. That August I bought nothing and it wasn’t that hard. The first weekend in September, I bought a new shiny truck. This was going to be harder than I thought.
No five years later, I
ve down sized into a condo and spend much more time and money on adventure, travel, experiences, etc.
There’s no crisis here.
All photographs by me unless otherwise noted.